Washington Park Man Pleads Guilty to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
On August 24, 2012, George Lesure, a fifty-six year old Washington Park, IL, man pled guilty in Federal District Court, in East St. Louis, to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2250(a), the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Lesure is scheduled for sentencing on December 8, 2012. He faces a term of imprisonment of not more than ten (10) years, a fine up to $250,000, or both, and a term of supervised release of five (5) years to life of supervised release after his prison term, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.
The violation occurred between February 6, 2009 and June 14, 2010. Lesure was required to register as a sex offender under both Illinois law and the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act because he was convicted of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse on September 18, 2001, in St. Clair County, Illinois. Lesure acknowledged that he understood the requirements of maintaining his sex offender registration requirements by signing an Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act Notification Form on February 6, 2008. Lesure was confronted by a United States Marshal on June 15, 2010, for not registering and for moving to Missouri without complying with notification laws. In an interview, Lesure admitted to having lived in Missouri and moving frequently within the state when the violation occurred. Lesure had not registered as a sex offender in Missouri, nor had he updated his sex offender registration form in Illinois.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
The case was investigated by the United States Marshal Service. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T Kapsak.